I put on my hip waders tonight for a stroll through the dark alleys of John Locke Land and found a whole new sideshow being built in the circus. It's like the Man Who Ate His Brain and the Hall of Mirrors all rolled into one, with the official title: The Faculty Affiliate Network, a John Locke Foundation Project.
The list of "faculty" in this so-called network ranges from hard-core Pope Puppets like Roy Cordato, to ex-pols like Jim Martin, to a host of NCSU professors, to a few people from Duke. One of the Dukies, Mr. Michael Munger, is mounting a run for governor in the Libertarian Party in 2008.
I first learned about Munger at Ed Cone a while ago, and since then I've spent a fair amount of time on his website. He's obviously a bright-but-misguided guy who cherry picks the best of Libertarian philosophy and packages it up into creative sound-bites reminiscent of George Bush gushing about all the happy people in Iraq.
As a Libertarian, my goal is liberty, a state in which individuals enjoy control over their own choices, and are responsible for the consequences of those actions, for better or worse.
In other words, mentally ill people can just rot in the streets.
And I would control the aggressive expansion of the powers of municipal governments.
In other words, planning is for fools.
Lower Drinking Age for 3.2 Beer and Wine to 18
In other words, "I haven't read any recent research about brain development in adolescents and I have no fricking idea what I'm talking about."
I would also favor relaxing restrictions on campaign contributions, though keeping the disclosure requirements as they now stand.
In other words, if something can be bought and sold, it should be. Rich people deserve to have more say than poor people, because, well, they're rich. (Also, I have no understanding of how badly the disclosure requirements that "now stand" actually work, nor would I fund enforcement of said requirements because I hate government and taxes.)
The way to attract new business, and to retain existing factories and jobs, is to create an atmosphere that is good for business. Low taxes, no burdensome regulations, and an educated and productive work force are the things that make an economy prosper.
In other words, I have no direct experience recruiting business anywhere for anything, but I have drunk a lot of kool-aid.)
In his day job, Munger is the chairman of the department of political science at Duke. I don't cheer for Duke in general, but in this case I'm rooting for him. If he can get on the ticket and make a decent showing, Munger will peel off the lunatic fringe of the Party of Greed and leave Fred "the Asphalt King" Smith sucking wind behind Beverly Perdue. So get on over to his website and sign his petition so he can get on the ballot in 2008. Go Mike!